The tricky thing about Sedulous Rouse’s new album Seasons of Triumph is how to categorize it, so I won’t. Its basic structure is thrash but they do mix through many other elements and styles to make a rather interesting album. It is a risky proposition as in metal you can’t necessarily please everyone, although I don’t think that was their intention more their influences. Where they are at their best on this album is when they are somewhere in between playing a crossover of thrash and progressive metal as it provides some structure and lastability to the album.
The first track of the album Death Shall Rise is a solid thrashy start to everything, with it being a straight-out metal approach with crossover thrash/death vocals. A good song.
The musicianship on the whole album is excellent with the drums and guitars consistently playing to a high level finished off with very good sound production.
Some of the highlights on the album tend to be when all the elements gel together cohesively. Tracks like Perpetrator, Silent Men ( the best), and Without Sympathy. These three songs all have that base thrash but have some very complex and interesting progressive sections breaking things up, but also not losing the metal focus at any moment. Silent Men is a rather excellent heavy metal song.
Funk Til Ya Jazz is a troublesome track as it’s played well and I don’t dislike the song but as the title suggests it is purely a funky jazz song and really does sound out of place on this record, and really does upset the flow or continuity of the album. While on negatives I really didn’t like the track Enemies at all. It is a bland thrash song with no hook or bite to it, and the vocals are a rather painful sounding strained bark/growl that falls in between of those two sounds and really sounds quite labored and annoying. I found myself wanting to skip through this track each time.
I will go back to my opening line where I said this is a tricky album because at times I really like this album and at other times I didn’t enjoy it meaning I only really wanted to listen to parts of it. It is worth a listen and it is a well-made album, it’s just the songs may not keep you coming back to it.
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Release Year: 2013
Reviewed by Chris Rankin